Essay 1: Value of People and Resources

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UNIV X350 The Global Environment Fall 2006

Essay 1: Value of People and Resources

Assignment: Write a 1000–1200 word essay, double spaced, to evaluate the monetary values and ecological footprints of human beings. Measure and express the monetary values in Euros, U.S. dollars, Chinese yuan and Indian rupees. Use the attached grading guide (p. 2) as your cover page. Print your name and essay title on the cover page. Circle your activity time and instructor’s name. Print the word count of your essay at the bottom of the last page. Read the grading guide carefully before starting this assignment.

As part of your essay, include a table that compares your monetary value and economic footprint to those of an average human being, an average resident of the U.S., an average resident of China, and an average resident of India. See Table 1 below. Explain how you arrive at your data. Show and explain all calculations and justify your data.

Monetary Value

Global Ecologic Footprint (Earths)





Average person in world

Average person in the U.S.

Average person in China

Average person in India

Table 1—Human Economic Values and Global Ecological Footprint Comparison
Please respond to the following questions in your essay:
1. Define the following terms as used in a global environmental context
A) Justice B) Sustainability
2. What do these figures/comparisons lead you to conclude about the State of the World? Is this state
A) Just? Why or why not? B) Sustainable? Why or why not?
3. What could you do to make the world more

A) Just? B) Sustainable?

Charts, tables, and maps are appropriate ways of conveying information, and essays that use none of these will receive lower scores. At the same time, keep in mind this is an essay, not just a list of statistics and calculations. Charts, tables, and maps should play a supporting role, not become the main characters. Your overall objective is to weave these many strands of information into an interesting and informative narrative about economic valuation of people and resources considered in a global context.
Important notes: Pay attention to the units of quantities presented in your essay. Different sources use different units, so you may have to do some unit conversions to get them in the same units.
Your textbook AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment could make a good starting point. It’s a wonderful resource.
DUE: Tuesday, October 17 before 4:10 p.m., before the beginning of class. 10% penalty if late.

Essay Title:

Circle activity-section time and your activity instructor’s name:

W12-2 Tom Ruehr W2-2 Bud Evans Th12-2 David Braun







Table 1 Contents: Explanations and Calculations

One or more items missing, determined incorrectly, or inadequately explained

All items present; one determined or explained incorrectly; incomplete or unclear.

All items present, determined correctly; explanation incomplete or unclear.

All items present, determined correctly, explained clearly, and well supported by evidence.

Question 1: Define Justice & Sustainability

Missing one or more definition.

Neither definition is clear, appropriate, and applies to the global environment.

One definition is clear, appropriate, and applies to the global environment.

Both definitions are clear, appropriate, and apply to the global environment.

Questions 2 & 3: Evaluate State of the World & Your Actions



Above average

Addresses both questions clearly & completely.

Information Quality, Maps and Figures

No unique information

Little unique or helpful information

Some unique and helpful information, adds to essay

Great deal of interesting, unique, and helpful information

Topic Sentences & Organization

Lacks topic sentences and has no logical sequence

Only one topic sentence, confusing sequence.

Some topic sentences and logical sequence.

Every section begins with a clearly stated topic sentence, logical, interesting sequence

Evidence, Reasoning & Critical Thinking

Poor evidence, reasoning or critical thinking.

More evidence, reasoning, or critical thinking missing.

A lack of evidence, reasoning, or critical thinking.

Each topic sentence supported by evidence, reasoning, and critical thinking.

Clarity, Grammar & Spelling

More than four grammar and/or spelling errors

Three or four grammar and/or spelling errors

One or two errors in grammar/spelling

All grammar and spelling are correct


No references

Too few references or more than two citation errors.

Enough references, some cited incorrectly

Enough references, cited completely & correctly. Has authors

This Grading Guide

Missing more than two items.

Missing two items

Missing one item

Included as cover page and filled in correctly.

Overall Quality

Poor, hastily written, several items missing

Several mistakes, met minimum requirements

Overall good, only minor concerns

Outstanding, model for others

Total (40)

Word count of your essay at the bottom of the last page and entered here: ______________________________


Describe and explain all figures, tables, maps, and calculations in the narrative. Each has a number and caption.

Make use of active voice to communicate clearly and concisely. Apply the paramedic method by Richard Lanham to improve the quality of writing. See

Number pages.

Some items in rubric based on Susanne Hirsch, San Diego-Biarritz Comparison [internet]. San Diego State University College of Education; [updated August 16, 1996, cited March 18, 2006]. Available from:

† As determined from This link from the Global Footprint Network will take you to a calculator sponsored by the Earth Day Network ( and Redefining Progress (

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